Last week Howard Dean held a $250 per person fund-raiser where pro-Dean speakers went onstage and proceeded to deliver some of the most racist, vulgar "jokes" one could hear.
And what did Howard Dean do while this went on? He sat backstage and did nothing. He said later that "some of the language was wrong and "I just don't have much tolerance for ethnic humor." But he didn't talk at all about the lewd and racist anti-Bush administration attacks.
I'm sorry, that's just not good enough. That's why he needs to apologize. Or he needs to get out of the race for president.
Like they usually do with stories that hurt Democrats, the media has largely buried this story. Dean's basically gotten a free pass
on this one. Well, no, not this time. Dean needs to know that being a Democrat doesn't entitle you to act like a racist, sexist, vulgarian.
Let me give you a few highlights of what happened at this fundraiser. He was silent while the comics that he had invited to speak:
* Referred to President Bush as "this piece of living, breathing shit" and Janeane Garofalo attacked the Medicare prescription-drug bill that Bush had just signed as the "you
can go fvck yourself, Grandma" bill.
* Used the N-word for blacks in a "joke" that was about how it's supposedly fine for a pro-Dean comic to use racial slurs as long as the aim is to call Republicans racist.
* Compared the President's National Security Advisor to Michael Jackson (who's facing child-sex-abuse charges) and said: "Frankly, I'm far more frightened of Condoleezza Rice." The only thing the Bush national security adviser has
in common with Jackson is that she's black. And
another Dean comic used a "Yes Massa" accent in reference to Rice.
*Called Dick Cheney's wife Lynne "Lon Chaney" -
the old movie star who often played ghouls in horror films. And Cheney's daughter Mary, who is gay, was described as "a big lezzie."
*Joked about how it's unusual to see an Asian baby with Asian parents because so many Asian babies are adopted by whites.
And all the while, Howard Dean sat listening and did nothing. By the way, this is the same man who criticized Trent Lott for his remarks about Strom Thurmond's run for President.
This man thinks he should be the nominee of one of our two major political parties. He wants to be the President of the United States. And he doesn't even have the conviction to put a stop to racism, sexism and vulgarity at his own fundraiser.
Howard Dean owes President Bush and the American people an apology. If he doesn't have the courage to stand up to his own party at his own fundraiser, then he certainly doesn't have the courage to be President.
Dean needs to know that racism isn't OK, even if you're a Democrat.
So please join me and demand that Dean either apologize for what happened, or drop out of the race for President.
<img src=/images/smilies/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>Another proud Second Amendment Absolutist (term credited to Dr. Condi Rice)